Support on board

Frequently asked questions about working on board.

Are you looking for crew members aboard the ship?

By now we have a big pool of experienced Search-and-Rescue team members, but we are regularly looking for new competent team members.

Which criteria do I have to fulfill, in order to become part of the Search and Rescue- team?

Knowledge in the maritime field and / or water rescue is a prerequisite condition. Due to the extreme environment, high physical and mental resilience are also required. “Personal survival techniques” and / or “basic safety training” certificates are desirable.

For how long do you stay onboard as a team member?

One rotation in the rescue zone lasts about three weeks. Afterwards the ship must return to a port, f.ex. for a crew change, for up to three days. Team members are asked to stay aboard for at least two rotations (six weeks) and for a maximum of three rotations (nine weeks). Due to the long training period and the high demand on board, we do not make any exception to these rules. This is in both your and our best interest.

What does the team aboard look like?

Our team is made up of our SAR-Team (Search-and-Rescue), which includes one SAR coordinator and nine to ten SAR-members. We have a communication officer and a research and evidence officer. In addition, there is a medical team  as well as places for two journalists / media.

Who do I contact to work as a volunteer on board?

If you fit the criteria, we look forward to receiving your application to become a member of the SOS MEDITERRANEE rescue team. Please fill out the application form